New construction and development projects are often cited as a key indicator of economic climate and in turn, bring with them new jobs, businesses and residents. What can Pennsylvania do to foster development growth? What policies may interfere and how can we reform them? Panelists will examine the myriad factors involved, as well as the potential impact on the future landscape of our state.
November 19, 11:00am – 12:45pm
Location: Bodek Hall
Keith A. Orris
Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations & Economic Development
Keith A. Orris is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations & Economic Development at Drexel University. He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University’s economic development strategy, helping to propel Drexel forward as one of the most impactful universities in the Philadelphia region, and across the tri-state area. Keith is responsible for broadening and deepening relationships with corporate partners, ensuring the University is leveraging relationships across all dimensions of possible interaction, from research partnerships to co-op opportunities to philanthropy and more. Under Keith’s leadership Drexel will establish new partnerships with businesses, entrepreneurs and government leaders to become a nexus for research, technology transfer and economic development. Keith is also directing the establishment of Drexel Ventures and new innovation initiatives for the University. His focus is also the development of the Innovation Neighborhood and serves as the main liaison for the master planning initiative for Amtrak’s 30th Street Precinct in conjunction with the Innovation Neighborhood.
Most recently, Keith was the senior vice president for Community and Government Affairs for Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was responsible for campus master planning and strategic capital projects as well as real estate management of the health system’s ambulatory and scattered site properties. He co chaired a physician alignment initiative focused on building broader business relationships with medical practices in the region. In addition, Keith was responsible for community and government affairs for LGH involving local, state and federal entities.
Prior to joining Lancaster General Health in 2011, Keith was the former Vice President for Administrative Services and Business, Government and Community Relations for Franklin & Marshall College. Keith was responsible for the College’s operations including master planning, capital projects, facilities and operations, real estate management, auxiliary services and the Department of Public Safety. He performed development activities involving complex real estate projects requiring property assemblage and public funding. He managed the 75 acre/$75 million Northwest Gateway Project involving the acquisition, remediation and development of the Armstrong and Norfolk Southern properties in northwest Lancaster. Keith also developed strategic relationships for the College and managed government relations at the local, state and federal levels.
Previously, Keith held management positions in Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh’s administration, and was a corporate officer for Health Images Inc., a publicly traded company that specialized in developing and operating outpatient diagnostic imaging centers. He also held senior positions in marketing and management with central Pennsylvania construction and material manufacturing firms.
Currently, Keith is a board member of the University City Science Center and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. He was past President of the James Street Improvement District Board and the Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country & Visitors Bureau, and a past board member of the EDC Finance Corporation, the Economic Development Committee of Lancaster County, and Albright Care Services.
Keith graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and resides in the Philadelphia.
President, CEO and Trustee
Mr. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine since the Company’s founding in 1994. Mr. Sweeney has overseen the growth of Brandywine from four properties and a total market capitalization of less than $5 million to over 33 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5.0 billion.
Prior to 1994, Mr. Sweeney served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated (“LCOR”), a real estate development firm. Mr. Sweeney was employed by the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR) from 1983 to 1994 and served in several capacities, including Financial Vice President and General Partner. During this time, Mr. Sweeney was responsible for the marketing, management, construction, asset management and financial oversight of a diversified portfolio consisting of urban high-rise, mid-rise, flex, warehouse and distribution facilities, retail and apartment complexes. Mr. Sweeney holds a BS degree in Economics from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), Urban Land Institute (“ULI”), Chairman of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (“SRDC”), Chairman of the board for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, and member of the board of Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally, Mr. Sweeney serves on the boards of several other Philadelphia-based organizations. Mr. Sweeney is also co-founder and coCEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC.
Allan Domb Real Estate
Since 1980, Allan Domb and his highly reputable real estate brokerage firm have been known throughout the United States as key contributors to Center City Philadelphia’s luxury condominium market. Today, Allan continues to specialize in Center City luxury condominium sales in buildings such as Academy House, The Bank Building, The Barclay, Center City One, The Dorchester, Hopkinson House, Independence Place, The Lanesborough, The Lippincott, Parc Rittenhouse, Pier 3, Pier 5, The Philadelphian, Society Hill Towers, Wanamaker House and The Warwick Condominiums. Additionally, Allan’s company leases residential apartments, condominiums and commercial properties and manages many of these assets. Since 1999, Allan has also been engaged in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings into luxury condominiums and the development of new luxury condominiums in Center City. His portfolio of development properties includes Parc Rittenhouse, The Warwick, The Bank Building Residences, The Lanesborough, 220 West Washington Square and The Barclay. Nationally, Allan has been ranked a top producing real estate broker for the past twenty five years. From 1986 to 2004, Allan was ranked the top residential broker in the United States. He was named the REALTOR® of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR) in 1992 and 2013 and was named the REALTOR® of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® in 2013.
Allan was inaugurated for a fourth term as President of GPAR on January 21, 2015. He served his first term in 1990, his second term in 2013 and his third term in 2014; he is the first person to serve four terms as President of the Association in its 108 year history. Under Allan’s leadership, GPAR has changed its mission from the Voice for Real Estate in Philadelphia to the Voice for Philadelphia. In May 2015, Allan won the primary to run for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia’s general election in November 2015.
In addition to his real estate ventures, Allan is an owner/investor and sits on the board of Starr Restaurant Organization, a group of 35 stylish, upscale restaurants located in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York City, Washington DC and South Florida, and Starr Events, a catering group and hotel division. Allan is also the owner of Schlesinger’s Delicatessen, an award-winning Jewish style delicatessen and restaurant in Philadelphia, dedicated to his family, and an investor in HipCityVeg, an expanding vegan restaurant concept based out of Philadelphia.
Allan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from American University. He currently serves on the boards of the Center City District; Friends of Rittenhouse Square; and six condominium associations, of which he is the president of two. He is a past president of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and has served on three other condominium boards in the past.
Allan has been quoted and featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Business Week, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Urban Land, Multifamily Executive, and many other publications. He also often appears on Philadelphia’s NBC10, 6ABC, CBS3, CNBC, MSNBC and FOX29.
William H. Glazer
President and CEO
Keystone Property Group
Bill Glazer founded Keystone Property Group in 1991. Initially a Real Estate brokerage firm, Keystone grew into an investment firm in 1993, to a development company in 1997, and to a real estate private equity firm in 2003, and to a full-service real estate investment and development operating enterprise in 2014. He has invested and developed over 10 million square feet of properties in billions of dollars of transactions using multiple investment structures, such as Joint Ventures, Individual Syndications, Direct Investments, Real Estate Private Equity Funds and Strategic Partnerships.
In addition his real estate equity investments, Bill served as Chairman of Hyperion Bank, a Pennsylvania state-chartered commercial bank. Further, he serves as Director on non-profit boards, including the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia.
Bill’s professional affiliations include the Young President’s Organization, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Urban Land Institute and Wharton School’s Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bill is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Award for Community Excellence, the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
An avid endurance athlete who has completed numerous marathons and triathlons, Bill’s long term training philosophy mirrors his patient investment philosophy.